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Neuralgia is a broad term used to describe sharp and shooting pain related to nerve dysfunction. Neurological pain can affect any part of the body and often is the result of a minor injury, such as a strained muscle or sprained ligament. Another major cause of neuralgia is nerve compression or irritation associated with a degenerative spine condition.
The components of the spine, such as the vertebrae, discs, facet joints and ligaments, can begin to break down over the years due to normal degeneration. When this happens, sections of the spine may move out of alignment and space is then reduced to the spinal cord and nerve roots, causing an onset of symptoms to occur.
Compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots can produce localized pain at the site of the compression, pain that radiates along the length of the affected nerve, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness — all of which are forms of neuralgia. To learn about the treatments for these debilitating symptoms, read the following article.
Conservative treatment for neuralgia
Because the term neuralgia is used to describe such a wide variety of neurological symptoms, treatment options vary greatly. In general, spinal neuralgia can be treated using conservative methods such as:
- Pain medication
- Corticosteroid injections
- Physical therapy
- Stretching exercises
- Chiropractic care
- Hot and cold compresses
- TENS therapy
These methods can often be combined under the guidance of your physician or spine care specialist. Typically, these nonsurgical treatments require several weeks or months before lasting relief can be experienced, though some patients may find relief sooner. However, if you still are not experiencing adequate relief, then you may be a candidate for the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine.
Minimally invasive neuralgia surgery
At Laser Spine, we offer minimally invasive spine surgery as a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery. Depending on the severity of the nerve compression and the damage in the spine, we may recommend a minimally invasive spine procedure. We offer two categories of minimally invasive spine surgery — a decompression and a stabilization procedure.
Both procedures aim to relieve pressure on the compressed nerve near the spine. For many patients, a decompression surgery is the most appropriate choice to relieve pressure on the pinched nerve near the spine. However, some patients require a stabilization surgery, which both relieves nerve compression and returns stability to the spine.
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Our minimally invasive procedures are highly focused and designed specifically for each patient. Every procedure is done outpatient, which means the patient can go home the same day. At Laser Spine Brevard, your relief is our mission. Every member of our team, from your patient advocate to your surgeon, will have that mission in mind.
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The best choice for patients suffering from neck and back pain. This form of minimally invasive surgery provides an alternative to regular surgical procedures when other treatment methods have not produced the desired results. Laser techniques offer faster recovery times with fewer complications.
That’s why we are here. We have a duty to the patient to do everything we can to eliminate neck and back pain. Our newest location in Brevard is equipped to handle the most complex cases. Our surgeons are highly specialized and focused on eliminating chronic pain and getting patients back to a